Comments were accepted: Through July 28, 2016.
Hearings: Six nationally, from May 17, 2016 to June 28, 2016. In Seattle, June 21, 2016. See info here.
Mail: Coal Programmatic EIS Scoping
Bureau of Land Management
20 M St. SE, Room 2134 LM
Washington, D.C. 20003 By email or mail. Get
The Department of the Interior has launched a comprehensive review to identify and evaluate potential reforms to the federal coal program in order to ensure that it is properly structured to provide a fair return to taxpayers and reflect its impacts on the environment, while continuing to help meet our energy needs.
The review, in the form of a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS), will take a careful look at issues such as how, when, and where to lease; how to account for the environmental and public health impacts of federal coal production; and how to ensure American taxpayers are earning a fair return for the use of their public resources.
A news release announcing the proposed rule was distributed January 15, 2016. The BLM plans to publish a Notice of Intent to conduct the PEIS.